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Ophanet, who are a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when if affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Bethlem myopathy as a "rare disease". More information about Bethlem myopathy is available from Orphanet
The term 'prevalence' of Bethlem myopathy usually refers to the estimated population
of people who are managing Bethlem myopathy at any given time.
The term 'incidence' of Bethlem myopathy refers to the annual diagnosis rate,
or the number of new cases of Bethlem myopathy diagnosed each year.
Hence, these two statistics types can differ:
a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence,
but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence.
For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.
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